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What are the factors that can affect digestibility of a feedstuff in livestock?

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Factors that can affect digestibility of a feedstuff in livestock are;

  • Chemical composition of the feed e.g % of lignin or cellulose will influence digestibility.
  • The quantity of feed already present in the digestive system of an animal.
  • The species of the animal eg the digestibility of grass is higher in sheep than in pigs.
  • The ratio of energy to protein will affect digestibility. The higher the ratio the lower the digestibility.

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